Cedar Hill schools superintendent on leave amid investigation just 13 months into the job

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Written by Eva-Marie Ayala, Eva-Marie Ayala,
Published: 07 March 2019 07 March 2019

Cedar Hill, TX - Cedar Hill ISD Superintendent Billy Snow has been placed on administrative leave while the district looks into an unspecified claim against him.

Snow, 44, could not be reached for comment.

Trustees placed Snow on leave Monday evening. Cedar Hill board president Michael Quildon said Thursday that he could not elaborate on what the district was reviewing. However, he noted that the investigation is not criminal in nature, related to finances or involving a child.

"We have to let our lawyers conclude their work before we can make any comment on this," Quildon said.

Deputy Superintendent Kellie Spencer is serving as interim superintendent.

Thursday evening, the district sent out a letter to families about Snow’s leave. 

"We believe in holding our employees to a high level of accountability. ... It is worth repeating that no criminal behavior, financial impropriety, nor harm to students occurred. However, it is the board's duty to ensure that all Cedar Hill ISD employees adhere to our values."

Snow took over the 7,800-student district in southern Dallas County in January 2018. Before that, he spent less than a year as a top administrator in Dallas as chief of transformation and innovation.

Snow has been a school leader in Texas and Louisiana. While in Corsicana, he was named a finalist for the National Distinguished Principal award in 2011. While in Caddo Parish, he gained recognition for turning around some of the most struggling schools in the Shreveport area.

The board has posted meetings for Friday and Saturday, where the evaluation of Snow is to be discussed in closed session.

Source: Dallas Morning News